The Irony of Environmental History

The debates around the Paris Agreement since President Trump’s announcement have revealed not only how much Americans disagree about climate change, but also how much we disagree about why we disagree about climate change.

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The Social Critic

Today we live in an age that seems far more cynical than Niebuhr’s, and yet we continue to long for a new society, a society that is post-partisan, post-racial, and even post-political…

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Religion, Education, and Democratic Vitality

A few days ago I was driving home from work and had an unusually long pause at a stop light near my home. The bumper sticker pasted on the back end of the car in front of me captured my attention— “Your Liberal Education Hides the Bible…

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Reinhold Niebuhr and the Taming of Cynicism

Each passing day seems to bring new examples that justify the description of ours as a “cynical age.” Although cynicism can crop up at any level of human life, it is most readily apparent in the higher echelons of government…

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THE SYRIA BOMBING IN CONTEXT

Trump tried to make friends with Assad on the international playground, and when Assad turned on him, Trump decided to break Assad’s toy…

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